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The Story Of A Snowmaker Heavenly Mountain Resort

Shared By: Heavenly Mountain Resort | November 17, 2014

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This offseason, Heavenly backed up its claim of the West Coastâ??s largest and most powerful snowmaking system by adding additional snowmaking capabilities on some beginner terrain at the top of the Gondola and also adding a spur line near the top of Dipper Express on Skyline Trail. The resort also added three new fan guns to the fleet, bringing the total of SMI Puma fan guns to 67. These are super energy efficient and very productive.

Fun fact of the day: Snowmaking was first installed at Heavenly for the 1977-78 ski and ride season. Yep, thatâ??s 37 years ago! Snowmaking is nothing new to Heavenly and the resort has been dedicated throughout those 37 years of maintaining the quality of the system, keeping up with technological advances, and expanding to additional areas of the mountain.

So, without further ado, please put your hands together and give a big thank you clap to the people behind all of this technology â?? the Heavenly snowmakers! Led by Director of Snow Surfaces Barrett Burghard, who has made snow at Heavenly for more than 20 years, and Snowmaker Manager David Hager, the snowmaking team is a behind-the-scenes group that is passionate about what they do and often go un-noticed, as they operate mostly during the night. If you happen to see them on the mountain this winter, give them a hug.